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    How to provide clear aligner therapy with ClearCorrect and CEREC

    One practitioner shares how ClearCorrect easily and efficiently helped one patient become more confident in his smile.

    Clear aligner therapy is a treatment where transparent plastic dental appliances are worn to apply pressure to teeth and gradually correct malocclusion.

    Clear aligner therapy offers a discreet alternative to traditional braces while moving teeth effectively and quickly. The following case study examines the process of using CEREC Ortho intraoral scans to produce clear aligners with ClearCorrect for a patient’s orthodontic treatment.

    The case

    A 32-year-old male patient presented with a chief complaint of rotated tooth 9 and uneven anterior gingival heights. The patient was not interested in traditional orthodontic brackets and wires and decided on clear aligner therapy due to its esthetic and hygienic advantagesUpon reviewing the process with the patient, the decision was made to initiate ClearCorrect clear aligner therapy. The patient consented and the appropriate impressions and photos were submitted to ClearCorrect for a treatment setup.

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         Fig. 1: Pre-op (full face, smiling)             Fig. 2: Pre-op (full face, not smiling)

    The treatment goals for clear aligner therapy were focused on rotating tooth 9, extruding tooth 9 and subsequent enameloplasty to even out the maxillary anterior teeth. The patient also had mild Class II molar and canine relationships with crowding and spacing discrepancies in the anterior teeth. The goal with the extrusion of tooth 9 was to move the adjacent bone and soft tissue coronal with the tooth movement. Additional space was needed for the maxillary teeth to accommodate the rotation of tooth 9 into the correct position. Lastly, extra spacing between the lower teeth was to be treated along with the mild Class II malocclusion (Figs. 1-8).

    Continue to the next page to see how the case was treated.

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